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Garden of Youth

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YouthfulWouldn’t it be lovely to stumble across the legendary “Fountain of Youth” and wake up one day looking and feeling ten years younger?  Instead of spending time wishfully hoping for that fountain to appear, you can create your own GARDEN of youth and start moving those clock hands back a little.  You have everything you need to get started!

Aging doesn’t have to be feared. Utilizing the wisdom of Chinese medicine, there are innumerable ways you can turn back the hands of time.  From our own gardens, we can grow herbs such as nettles, rosemary and sage that can help darken gray hair; or grow a little watercress to help combat bloating and water retention.  You can even try parsley juice for assisting with deteriorating eye sight and ear problems.  The list goes on and on and includes plenty of garden items (some that you may not even wish to grow – weeds) that help alleviate many of issues associated with aging (arthritis, low libido, memory loss, you name it!). Imagine your own “garden of youth” crafted with your own personalized anti-aging flowers and herbs!

Stepping out of the garden, each of us can also incorporate some new lifestyle techniques to create a more youthful vitality.  Ever thought about trying your hand (fingers, actually) at facial acupressure techniques that help firm your face and diminish wrinkles?  Or how about eating more oranges to increase your intake of Vitamin C which helps with collagen replenishment? And nothing ages us faster than stress, so considering a regular exercise and meditation routine (and there are lots of ways to define meditation so don’t get discouraged if you don’t think you can “turn off your mind”) can assist with lightening your mental & emotional load and delivering you a little closer to bliss.  And the closer you get to bliss, the more years you take off of your appearance and add in years to your life.  It’s all so easy.  It really is.

Turn Back the Hands of Time Turmeric Mask
½ of an egg white
1 Tbs honey
1/4 Tsp turmeric
Splash of oil (coconut or olive)

Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl. Apply to your face.  This is a runny concoction so be sure to have a towel to catch what might drip from your face.  Sit back, relax and wait 20 minutes and then rinse everything off with warm water. Continue on with your normal face washing routine. And I know what you’re thinking…turmeric?  Won’t that stain my face yellow?  Surprisingly, the answer is no. 
 
Intrigued to discover ways that you can start looking and feeling rejuvenated using holistic methods?  Join instructor and Chinese Medicine practitioner, Sarah Spearman, on Thursday, May 1st for Garden of Youth: Revitalize and Rejuvenate with Natural Beauty Techniques and walk away feeling confident on how you can begin your process towards revitalization.   You will even create your own herbal longevity tonic, facial scrub and mask to take home with you.

Sarah SpearmanGUEST BLOGGER: SARAH SPEARMAN
Sarah is a Colorado licensed acupuncturist and a nationally certified Chinese herbalist specializing in treating stress, fatigue, body pain and midlife transitioning. Certified in Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture, Sarah has received extensive training in this natural facial and body rejuvenation system which holistically provides a more youthful appearance without surgery or potentially toxic "non-surgical" facelift procedures. Sarah is the owner/operator of Orange Gate Acupuncture and Holistic Medicine.

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